4 new dwellings, Takely, Essex


Four new dwellings (between 1,200sq.ft – 1,800sq.ft each)


Takeley, Essex


Development on previous garden land



These new properties take pride of place on an acquired pieces of garden land following a project where speedy completion was a must.

Delivered at a build cost of around £160/per sq.ft the dwellings have a total floor area ranging between 1,200 sq.ft  and 1,800 sq.ft

New World Architectural was required to gain a number of additional planning approvals to the original consented scheme to increase the market value of the properties, saleability and to generally optimise the site’s potential.

For optimum thermal values, the properties were constructed predominantly from timber frame with an outer skin of blockwork and a brick plinth. This type of construction allowed rapid erection times with each building watertight within a four-week period.

Designed to ensure low maintenance, the properties feature permeable resin driveways and paths, wild meadow flower frontages and are not only sustainable in their construction but are located in an area providing good transport links, public play areas and local shops.

Services provided:

  • Delivery of electronic drawings to facilitate competitive quotations for building items such as block and beam, timber frame and roofing system products
  • Planning approval and discharge of conditions achieved
  • Full building regulation consent from the council achieved
  • Applications for utility services
  • Preparation of lighting and heating schematics
The project exceeded and went way beyond all of my expectations. We put some very ambitious plans in place and the end result is 100% what we wanted to achieve. I couldn’t recommend Neil highly enough. He approached the project with the same care and attention as if it were his own property with great passion and enthusiasm to deliver the results.
Before the start of this project, we had some concerns around the property collapsing into the basement when we were digging it out so the planning element of this project was of paramount importance to us. Neil is always quick to come up with creative solutions when challenges are flagged and his detailed drawings made the delivery of the project very efficient.
This was my first major building development project for my own home. Neil is one of the most experienced building engineers I have worked with and because of the details in his technical drawings, it ran seamlessly. He was helpful throughout the process and much more engaged during the delivery than other architects I have worked with.
This was a tricky project because there were some issues with the levelling of the property. These were overcome thanks to Neil’s team and all the experience they brought to our project. New World Architectural has great initiative and get on with the job to make life much easier for us.
We did have quite a few ideas and photos of what we wanted for a separate studio in our garden and Neil Cook managed skilfully to translate them into drawings and detailed plans. His local knowledge of planning regulations and what we would be allowed to build was invaluable and saved so much time in having the plans approved. They sailed through without objection.
Chris & Jane
The architectural services on this job included everything from start to finish and were delivered with great professionalism throughout. It’s great to work with a professional who support us every step of the way and communicate their actions clearly. If they tell us it’s done, it’s done and it’s done well.
This was the first project I had tackled with such a firm focus on energy efficiency and the build was required to meet a number of criteria levels as instructed by Building Control. New World Architectural took over responsibility of this, carried out detailed research of this and ensured the requirements were set out to us very clearly. The plans were well executed and the residents are very proud of the results.